7 Songs by Women to Empower You For Your Journey

by Ekua on January 24, 2010 in female travel,songs for the road

I know there is no shortage of travel song playlists out there, but the bulk of them are comprised of rock music by men. So I’ve come up with a list of a songs by women that can inspire you for every part of traveling, from the first sparks of a trip idea to the ups and downs of a journey. Here they are:

» Beautiful by India.Arie

Play this song when: You’re planning a trip someone in your life may not approve of and the time has come to tell them about it.

» Let The Wind Carry Me by Joni Mitchell

Play this song when: You’re coming to terms with your nomadic ways and want to feel like someone to relates to you.

» I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers

Play this song when: You’re trying to convince someone to come along with you on a trip. Or when you’re just trying to get soulful and shake your groove thang.

» Get Out the Map by Indigo Girls

Play this song when: You’re taking the ultimate road trip. This song oozes joyful independence.

» Nostalgie Amoureuse by Zap Mama

Play this when:You’re uneasy about the conditions you see people living in. I can’t say the lyrics of this song completely make sense to me, but it seems to me that she is describing a situation where happens upon squalor and begins to form an opinion on it. Then, someone living in the squalor surprises her by teaching her about his life, and life in general.

» Ain’t Got No/I Got Life by Nina Simone

Play this when: You’re down and out on a trip. This a great song to help you remember what you do have.

» Beautiful People by Melanie

Play this when: You’re experiencing a moment of hippie travel bliss. When everything’s like totally connected, peaceful and hopeful, man.

Mary R January 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Ekua,
What a fabulous post! I love it! You’ve chosen some great inspirational music and perfect for the situations you mentioned

Ekua January 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Thanks Mary :)

Julie January 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Love these picks– “Get Out the Map” is one of my favorites.

Ekua January 25, 2010 at 9:58 pm

When I was figuring out what songs to post, I rummaged through CDs I haven’t looked at in awhile and found Shaming of the Sun. It’s been fun rediscovering that album!

Fly Girl January 26, 2010 at 11:00 am

This is a rockin’ list! “Get Out the Map” is an old fave and “I’ll take You There” is a classic. I haven’t listened to that Zap Mama tune in awhile but now I’m taking it out!

Fly Girl January 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

You know, I forgot to add that I love that you focused on women. I write a music column and I have to conciously remember to include women because men get all the promotion. Great list of women singer/songwriters!

Ekua January 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I think there’s a huge group of female musicians who aren’t celebrated enough because people don’t “get” them!

Lauren Quinn January 26, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Killer list, lady! Especially love the Nina Simone.

Nancy January 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Awesome list Ekua. I ditto Lauren: love the Nina Simone. She’s goddess. Great pics. :)

Ekua January 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Nancy and Lauren – Nina Simone is my all time favorite singer. I would have loved to see her perform live! It’s pretty awesome watching videos of her performances and how she doesn’t seem to ever be concerned with what the audience thinks of her!

Reannon February 6, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I’d like to add to that list, “The Long Way Around” by the Dixie Chicks. I’m not the biggest country music fan, but that song always makes me feel better when people tell me I’m crazy for traveling so much.

Ekua February 7, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Thanks for this suggestion, I’ll have to look into. I’m not into country either, but find that Dixie Chicks tend to be on the tolerable side of country music for me ;)

clickclackgorilla February 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

nice.

Juno June 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Looove it!! I got inspired by song really well. Musical numbers and great songs are my energy source. Great list!! :)

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures July 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Nina is the best!!!

Nicole February 13, 2013 at 6:52 am

This is my first time here so I shall check out what other awesome posts you have here.

Great song list! There are a couple I am not familiar with so Im off to check them out now!

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